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Curtains pulled back on old federal courthouse mural

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Once hidden, a controversial piece in the old federal courthouse will be open for all to see. A three-panel mural, depicting life in the old south, has been covered up with curtains since the mid 1980's, after objections from black federal judge Henry T. Wingate, led to the fifth circuit court of appeals ordering the curtains to cover it up.  

We took a look at it Wednesday and learned that it will be displayed in the new apartment building the old courthouse will become.  

Jackson native Jason Goree is the developer. He formerly worked for developer David Watkins, the man who transformed the King Edward Hotel.  

His group purchased the old courthouse for $1.45 million at auction.

"Our past isn't flawless, our past isn't perfect, but it is our past," said Goree. "And so I think we're starting to come full circle, and I've learned actually to appreciate that mural and respect it."

The mural was actually painted in New York on canvas, by a Russian artist.  

The new apartments will be ready for occupancy as early as the summer of 2014.

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